The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

    • Coping Mechanisms in Gaming

      2 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      Hello all! As always this group is a safe place and a source of useful information when it comes to cyberbullying and online abuse. Today, I thought I would reiterate some coping mechanisms when gaming. We're paired with leading charity Cybersmile so please visit their website for more information and support. And here's a little badge you can display on your profile/social media to show you're a #cybersmiler and against any form of cyberbullying.


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      But onto the coping mechanisms!



      Communication

      Responding to abuse can be effective so long as you don’t mirror the behaviour and end up retaliating with abuse of your own, as this usually ends up escalating the situation and it also makes it difficult to see who is at fault.

      Firstly, letting someone know that you feel they are being abusive may be enough for them check their behaviour. In a team environment it also lets other players know that there could be an issue.

      Top Tips

      • If you feel your being abused or unfairly treated, say so. State your case and move on.
      • Keep it short and sweet, let them know you are here to play the game!!
      • Don’t ever take abuse personally, they don’t even know you!!
      • Humour can be a great way to defuse situations and could help the abusive player to calm down and regain perspective.
      • Use this as an opportunity to let players know what behaviour you will not accept.
      • Let them know you will contact site administrators and report abuse if it continues.
      • Try to steer the chat away from the issue. Chat about something random just to break the thread of negativity. This can make other players realize you’re human after all!!

      If you do respond to someone who is abusive you should also keep a record of your communication. This could be a screenshot or recording of the conversation. This will help if you need to provide evidence of the abuse to site administrators/moderators.

      You may wish to respond with a counter narrative – what it is that has offended you and why, and what you intend to do about it etc. Try to be as objective as you can – you don’t want to be seen as being abusive yourself.

       Gamers Advice

      “I just say, ‘that’s not cool’ and leave it there. I draw my line and if its crossed I let them know, and if it carries on I just laugh at them and get on with my game, I’ve got no time for idiots!”
      Gamer, Canada

       

      “Something I’ve found therapeutic is to type it out, wait a second and then just delete. It’s because in that pause I take a deep breath and remind myself that the only way the game plays out from there is either with more baiting because it got a response or an extended back and forth over which one of us is wrong – more typing, less time playing.”
      Gamer, USA

      Tech Solutions

      One way of dealing with potential abuse is to avoid it. Turning off or muting all communication and chat facilities. With some games it can be difficult to find this function so you may need to search around to find the player options for in game chat and messaging.

      • On screen chat – check options for muting, minimalizing, disabling or hiding on-screen chat.
      • Messaging – if the game has a messaging facility you can alter your settings and receive only messages from friends, or block/mute all messages entirely. Check this before you start playing each game.
      • Headset chat – check player options for muting or disabling audio chat.

      Once you have found out how to manage your comms with other players it will be up to you to choose if you wish to openly communicate, just listen in or block completely.

      Gamers Advice

      “I just turn up my headset, which streams their audio from my TV and into the headset only… then I just put the headset in a drawer… I don’t have to listen to their cr*p then and can just enjoy the game without the smack.”
      Gamer, USA

       

      “Most games for me is usually just gl hf then gg or rage quit. Occasionally you’ll get someone trying to make friendly chat or some idiot BMing, but that’s when the block function comes in handy.”
      Gamer, Germany
      ^^^ Has this advice got you feeling lost? ^^^ Visit our Gaming Terminology page to get your head around the lingo.

      Control and Perspective

      If you are feeling uncomfortably emotional, stressed or anxious because of abuse or bullying then you will need time to regain control and gain perspective on the situation.

      You will firstly need to remove the cause of the stress, which will mean taking action straight away. Depending on what type of gaming environment you are in will determine which of the following you will need to do.

      • Headset chat – turn off the chat and take the headset off. You don’t need to respond or defend yourself even if you feel like you should. If you want to continue playing then you could listen to some music instead or relax in the quiet of your surroundings
      • On screen chat – Turn off the screen text and take the time to decide whether you want to carry on playing or not.
      • Take a break – Do you really need to finish this game? Is it the end of the world if you leave? No, of course not. Finish what you need to and take a break. Get a drink, read some comics or a book for 10 minutes, chat with someone, watch TV, relax and get your perspective back. You may decide to go back to the game and evidence any further abuse, you may decide to carry on playing without any comms for a while or you may decide to respond or report them, it’s up to you. The most important thing to do is take the time to calm down, and then you can decide what to do and how you want to proceed.
      • Exercise – this could be getting up to make a drink and having a good stretch or going for a run, it’s up to you. Physical exercise produces endorphins, which help the body to reduce to levels of stress and pain. Getting some exercise really does make you feel better and can provide you with a boost.

      Once you have managed to take your self away from the cause of the problem you will be able to begin to regain you perspective. This process will enable you to think far more clearly about the situation and assess it properly.

      Gamers Advice

      “I mute and hook up to some tunes if things start to get out of hand. I’ve only left a couple of games, when the abuse took over the gameplay and then it just wasn’t worth staying.”
      Gamer, USA

       

      “If I think I need a break I take my dog for a walk. Gets me back to myself and I always get a big thank you from the dog!!”
      Gamer, Scotland

      Rage Busting

      Who do players seem to totally lose control and start abusing each other? Here is a breakdown of what makes people go full tilt and what you can do to stop yourself from losing the plot.

      Emotional Control

      Emotions are very powerful things that can make us feel wonderful and happy or desperate and depressed. It is how we control, or regulate our emotions that determines our behavior, and how others perceive us. Recognizing what triggers emotional feelings of anger, is the first step in being able to stay in control when you start to feel angry or threatened.

      Triggers

      Everyone has them and in gaming there are many that can provoke an emotional reaction. Bad game play, rejection, loss, threats to status and ego etc are all perceived as threats that can trigger emotional responses causing people to attack or feel that they need to defend themselves in some way.

      Hi-Jacked!

      When people over react and start ranting, this is a sure sign that the person feels threatened in some way, the initial emotional response has taken control and the person has literally lost control. The need to right the wrong or regain status takes over completely and all perspective is lost in a desperate fight for survival!

      Be Aware

      You may not know what will trigger someone else to loose it but you can at least recognize loss of control in others and begin to regulate your own emotional responses as well. Here are a few tips that you can use to keep yourself in control when the red mist starts to roll in.

      Deep Breaths

      The term “fight or flight” is also known as the stress response. It’s what the body does as it prepares to confront or avoid perceived threats. It is this response we need to look at and begin to manage. The first step in regaining control is to calm the body down and one of the best ways to do this is deep breathing. Deep, controlled breaths allow oxygen to flow around the body, helping you to relax, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.

      You can do this for 5 or 10 minutes sitting comfortably at your computer or you can create a special relaxation spot where you can go and calm yourself.

      Be the Boss!

      You may not be able to control how your emotions react to certain situations but you can control how you respond to them. This is the key to gaining control of emotional urges, recognizing the trigger, being aware of the emotion urge and finally, responding to it appropriately. You are in control of the last part of this process and this is how you will end up behaving. Don’t be a slave to your emotions, be the boss, let them do their job and you do yours.

      Perspective

      Use this time to gain perspective on your situation and assess the threat appropriately. Will it matter in a month’s time? Will it mean anything at all in a year? Are you really at risk? Was it the point of feeling angry? Does one bad game mean everything? Do these people really know you?

      Shifting your perspective can help you to create thoughts that dispel the belief that you are under threat. If you believe that you have done nothing wrong and that others are at fault then you can feel good about your situation despite what others believe.

      Get your perspective back on track and then you can think about a more positive outcome from the experience. Each time you handle a situation differently, without losing control, you will gain more confidence in dealing with emotions.

      Gamers Advice

      “Life is too short to get all worked up over a game. Keep cool and block the morons, it’s the only way.”
      Gamer, Singapore

       

      “I don’t rage anymore, it’s just not healthy. If I really need to say something I will mute my mic and go for it big time. Letting it all out without anyone getting hurt is great, and I usually end up laughing at my own rant!”
      Gamer, Israel

    • Community

      2 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      Community.... what does that mean? What does that spring up in your head when that word is said to you??

      The literal definitions of community are:
      1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common

      2. the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common


      But a community is so much more than its dictionary definition. 

      A community is something you share, a community is something that we all work towards. Community is hope, love, inclusion, equality, fun. 

      And given everything that is happening in the world today I think its time we began remembering that.

      A community shouldn't be hidden behind a hurdle, a community should not be a path leading up to a golden gate that you don't have the password for. A community is not a paid subscription service where the people who can pay more (be it time or money or the people you know) get access to the better things.

      Community is the marches we see in the world today, people embracing each other as they walk towards a common goal. A community is a shared fight or a shared love, where hundreds of voices cry out together. 

      But the most important thing is, it doesn't matter how much you bring to that community, you are still a part of it. Whether you have all the cool friends, or you are someone who has just stumbled into it, or the person who feels like they don't give enough, you are all as important as each other. Because you are the glue that holds it together.

      Yes, we must have leaders, but what is the point of a leader if they don't have the support of those around them??

      So I ask that we stop yelling at each other about who contributes more and instead share in the things that brought us together.

      And if you are scared of joining that community because you are worried about a golden gate... then I will tell you this. No community has a golden gate, sing in the rain, dance with your friends do as much as you can. You are part of that community and that is what matters.

      And if the 'community' you are in, insists on hurdles and gates and steps to prove your commitment, then that isn't a community. Its something else entirely.

      SO go, go make art with your art community, go march with your peers for something that you all want to fight for, go dance if you want to, go play games, do all the things.

      And just revel in the joy that is a community. 


    • World Mental Health Day

      2 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      I know its late my internet decided to fail!!

      Today is World Mental Health Day (Part of Mental Health Awareness Week)

      1 in 4 people in the UK (around 1 in 5 people in USA, Australia and other places)  suffer from a mental health condition. Mental Health and those who suffer with it, are incredibly common. Its not like a rare condition that you barely hear about, mental health could affect anyone. If you gather 10 of your friends together, 2 of them are probably suffering with a mental health issue. 

      The more common mental health issues being PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, etc.

      The less common mental health issues being schizophrenia, bi-polar etc. 

      People suffer with these conditions almost every day, some suffering in silence, some being able to lead their lives without drawing attention to something they suffer with. And that's just it, mental health issues are illnesses. 

      And yet the only time people tend to hear about mental health is in a negative light in the media they consume, particularly news outlets. Mental health issues sometimes attract bullying, abuse and discrimination. Which makes those are suffering less likely to come forward to ask for help for fear of the response they will get. They fear losing family, friends, jobs, everything around them that contributes to them leading the lives they want to.

      This is why mental health shouldn't be a taboo subject, its shouldn't come with the added baggage of discrimination on top. People should be free to talk about, people shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. 

      I work for the ambulance service answering calls, and I can tell you that listening to phones calls from those suffering from mental health, who have called in once they see no way out, once they have reached the bottom of the well so to speak, those are the toughest calls I have to deal with. Because I'm listening to someone who feels like they have no hope, and I want to do everything I can to lead them away from whatever edge (physical and metaphorical) they are standing on. And sometimes I go home thinking that I haven't done enough for them and I feel like I could have done more, and I fell mentally and physically drained.

      What I want to tell everyone here is that please please please talk when you need to. Don't leave it to the last minute. Don't leave it right until you are standing on that ledge. Speak to your friends, speak to your family, let them listen to your because sometimes all it takes is someone to listen to you to lift that burden. Don't be afraid to, don't be afraid of some perceived notion of how mental health is perceived on the media. The ones who love you will always be there to hold your hand and help you in the way you want to be helped. 

      Speak out! Make that first step, and please don't leave it until its too late. 

      Don't become a statistic. Live your life to the full in the best way possible for  you....

    • Gaming Terminology Help

      3 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      Hello Community! We hope you are well!


      When communicating online, it's important to understand what people are saying. Have you received a message online or are browsing the forums and you're not sure exactly what some of the abbreviations mean?


      We checked out our friends over at Cybersmile who had this super useful list of terms so you can get clued up on today's gaming and online terms. If you'd like more information, visit cybersmile.org

      A

      • AAA – a game described as AAA usually has a large budget, a lot of backing and receives high praise from both players and critics
      • achievement – an in-game recognition of a player’s ability, usually collected by completing tasks or time spent playing e.g. ‘played 100 multiplayer games’
      • AFK – Away From Keyboard
      • AI – Artificial Intelligence
      • aimbot – a cheat used to have the computer aim for a player rather than using manual skill
      • aliasing – playing under a different name than usual in order to hide your identity from other players
      • armadillo – gamer who plays slowly
      • avatar – the model, character or picture used to represent each player in the game

      B

      • bio – used to let other players know you need a “biology” break i.e. to pee or eat!
      • BMing – Bad Mouthing/Bad Manner-ing. When one player is verbally abusive towards another. This can be either an opponent or someone on their own team.
      • BRB – Be Right Back/Bathroom Break
      • brez – battle resurrection
      • bug – a fault in a game’s programming which causes unintended effects

      C

      • camp – a strategy where a player, often in a shooter game, remains in one place in order to repeatedly kill other players
      • cheese – any strategy that allows players to win in a way unforeseen by the game developers
      • clan – an officially organised team of players that can play other teams
      • clanwar – an official match between two clans
      • console – the physical equipment used to play games e.g. PlayStation3, Xbox 360, Mac, iPhone
      • cosplay – dressing up as a character from a video game (or film, book, etc.)
      • crash – when a computer or game console suffers technical problems and becomes non-responsive. Usually solved by switching on and off using the power button. Game servers can also crash.
      • crossplay – playing as a character with the opposite gender to your own. Combination of the words ‘crossdress’ and ‘cosplay’.

      D

      • DLC – Downloadable Content. All additional content available to purchase online and download for your game, including new levels, characters, costumes etc.

      E

      • EAK – Eating At Keyboard
      • easter eggs – undocumented objects or features within a game i.e. secret rooms or objects
      • escort mission – an in-game mission where the player must escort a NPC through an area, protecting them on the way

      F

      • farm – repeating a mundane task in order to progress through the game. Also see grind
      • FF – Friendly Fire
      • FPS – First Person Shooter. A game where you see the world through the eyes of your character. Commonly shows a weapon floating in front of you as you play.
      • frag – kill. Can be used as a verb or a noun e.g. “He just fragged me” or “First team to 25 frags.”
      • FTW – For The Win. Generally an expression of enthusiasm or support.

      G

      • gank – to be ganked is to have your character killed by overwhelmingly unfair odds
      • GG – Good Game
      • GM – Game Master
      • GL – Good Luck. Often combined with HF to form the phrase ‘gl hf’ or “good luck, have fun”
      • glass cannon – a game character with high attacking power but low defensive power
      • griefer – a player in a multiplayer game who gets enjoyment from trolling/annoying other players i.e. causing ‘grief’
      • grind – performing repetitive simple tasks in order to proceed, gain XP or level up in the game

      H

      • HF – Have Fun. Often combined with GG to form the phrase ‘gl hf’ or “good luck, have fun”
      • HP – Hit Points/health

      I

      • IDC – I Don’t Care
      • IDK – I Don’t Know
      • inorite – ‘I know, right?’
      • IRL – In Real Life

      K

      • kill ratio – attribute assigned to a player, showing the number of kills they make vs the number of times they are killed in the game
      • kiting – a ‘hit and run’ strategy, luring enemies to a position where you want them

      L

      • lag – time delay between sending a command to the game and your character responding with the action
      • lagger – someone experiencing a lag who is slow or late to react
      • LFG/LFP – Looking For Group/Party/Person
      • LFM – Looking For Members (already in a group and in need of more players)
      • LOL – abbreviation for the game League Of Legends/wider used to mean Laughing Out Loud
      • LOM – Low On Mana

      M

      • MMOG – Massively Multiplayer Online Game
      • MMORPG – Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
      • MP/mana – Magic Points. Spells often have a cost to players, with more effective spells costing more MP. Commonly used in RPGs.

      N

      • n00b/noob
        1. A person who is new to a game
        2. A person who, regardless of experience, lacks the skill or competence to be competitive in a certain game
      • NPC – Non Player Character. In-game characters controlled by AI, who are extras in the background or story characters who you can talk to.

      O

      P

      • platformconsole required to play a game e.g. Xbox, PC, Nintendo DS
      • POV – Point Of View
      • pwned – beaten or defeated by a considerable margin. Originated from a typo of “owned” and is now a widely used term online.

      R

      • ragequit – to leave a game due to anger at something that happened
      • respawn – regenerating after being killed in the game. Also see spawn
      • RPG – Role Playing Game

      S

      • sandbox – an open-ended style of game play without a set plot to progress through
      • server – used by game provider or gamers to run multiplayer computer games over the internet, connecting players around the world and allowing them to participate in the same game at the same time
      • spam – to spam is to keep your finger pressed on the trigger at all times in a shooter game. Generally frowned upon it is said kills result more from luck than skill.
      • spawn – when a character pops into existence in the game world
      • spawn point – a place where several characters will spawn
      • spawn camp – to camp near a spawn point in order to kill newly spawned game players. A generally frowned upon strategy.

      T

      • tank – a strong player or character with high stamina. ‘Tanking’ is when this person knowingly sustains or withstands a lot of damage in a battle in order to enable other team members to play their roles more easily.
      • “the cake is a lie.” – phrase used when things have not turned out as expected/promised. Comes from the game Portal in which players were told to solve a puzzle in order to earn a cake in reward, which they are never given.

      W

      • WA – War Arranger. The member of a clan responsible for organising battles with other clans.
      • white mage – character who uses magic to heal others

      X

      • XP – Experience Points. Players usually require a certain number of XP before progressing to the next level.


      Hopefully this post has cleared up some terms for you! We certainly learned something! Extra thanks to you the community and to Cybersmile for the love and support.

    • Community Meet Ups - How Do I Meet People When I'm Nervous, What To Do When Things Go Wrong & Other Things....

      3 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      Meet Ups! Everyone has heard of them right? The little meet ups to go to the cinema and eat food with your friends, large scale meetups where you all hang out for the week and gave fun and games.And of course everyone has heard of the biggest meetup the RT community has RTX and its little newborn sibling RTX AU.

      Meet ups are where we in the community get to all hang out together, brought together by a common interest to hang out and have fun. Meet old friends, meet new friends you made over the internet but haven't yet seen in person. Or to make new friends entirely.

      But there are some who are terrified at the mere prospect of going to meet ups. Maybe you have anxiety or get scared/concerned/worried in situations with lots of people. Maybe you're shy, have low self esteem, are worried that when you get there the people won't like you or that you will have isues with someone and not know what to do about it.

      If you are feeling any of this then don't worry, you are not alone. Lots of people in the community have gone through the same things you have and its not as uncommon as you think. So here is some advice gathered from the community that I am going to share with you guys.

      1. Don't start off big!! - Seriously if you are nervous about meet ups don't start off with the big one! RTX & RTX AU may be the golden Valhalla of meet ups where all your favourite people go. But making this your first ever venture into the community world is not what a lot of people would advise you do. For one the scale of the thing and the amount of people roaming around could seem incredibly daunting especially if you are nervous in crowds. Also for some of you RTX requires you to travel to a foreign country which only adds to the daunting aspect. So..

      2. Start out small! - Find out your local group. Most states in America have community group. the UK have RT UK, which are split into smaller regional areas. Australia, Ireland, France, most countries have a community group that you can look to for advice or information with meet ups. Most of the groups organise smaller local get togethers which be a perfect place to start off into the world of community meet ups.


      3. Spend time getting to know people! - The most daunting thing about meet ups is the whole "What if I don't know anyone there??". So spend time in your local community group through game nights, hanging out in the group chat, getting to know people that way. Sure the first meeting of this people in the flesh could still be nerve-racking, but having that initial contact with them and knowing that you share similar interests in things like games, will put you more at ease and make conversation a lot easier.

      4. Take a friend! - Even if your friend is not one with the Rooster Teeth way you can still take your friend, partner, sister, brother with you to meet ups. Most meet ups, although brought together by a shared interest in Rooster Teeth, the meet ups don't solely revolve around Rooster Teeth. Community groups arrange picnics, beach days, lazer tag, paintball and trips to cinema and a whole host of inter sting things. So if you do bring someone with you, not only with they have something to do and have fun with you but you will feel more at ease knowing you have someone with you.


      5. What if I have a problem with someone/something? Like someone was harassing me? - Everyone hopes and aims to make these meets ups a safe friendly fun place to be. But unfortunately no matter how well something is planned, problems can still arise. And while in the minority, some people can make ruin meet ups for someone, or even cause someone to never come to a meet up again due to how they were treated.
      Every meet up and every group has an organiser, admin, moderator or ambassador attached to them (see the last post for info on them). The biggest example of this are guardians at RTX. Guardians are normal easily distinguishable. At mini meet ups they may not be quite as noticeable. So find out who the ambassadors or moderators of your group are beforehand, that way you know who to go speak to or report a problem to. And don't be afraid to speak to these guys! They are always happy to listen to any issues you have and will do the absolutely best to solve the problem for you. And if you want to remain anonymous, they will also be happy to speak to you in confidence. They can also give you advice on first time meetups, maybe assign you as a newbie to a veteran if you want to, so you have someone to show you the ropes. But please, if you have any issue at a meet up, tell someone! If leave it, the problem could get worse or cause problems for someone else.


      6. HAVE FUN!! - And the most important thing is to relax and have fun! And don't be scared off by bad experiences in the past. No one should stop you having fun as you are allowed to have fun and relax and do the things everyone else can do.



      Hopefully this has been helpful and has given you guys some food for thought.... okay that was a really cliche line, but I'm going to leave it in anyway.

      If you guys have any questions then leave them below in the comments if you wish to.

      But I suggest you go out, find your local groups and start you first forays into the world of fun times.

      I should stop with the really bad lines now shouldn't I?

      - Sammii

















    • Admins, Moderators & Ambassadors in the Community - Who are they & what can they do to help??

      3 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      We've all heard about them, we've seen them floating around within not only this community but other communities too. These roles are bandied about in local RT communities, moderators are highly common within Twitch & YouTube streams.

      And yet some people are still confused about what these people do, who they are and how they can help.

      Well let this post enlighten you on a few things.

      1. Who Are They?

      Admins, Moderators & Ambassadors. The titles sound impressive, and probably that's half the reason why people are scared or shy or unsure of whether to talk to them. But these people are ordinary people like you and me. They are part of the community just as you guys are. People who have these titles attached to them have probably been running around in the community for a while and know the ins and outs of it like the back of their hand. So they are elevated to roles in order to help the little fledglings first stumbling into the community. Some of these people attached to these titles may also have experiences outside of the community that can benefit the community. But the first and foremost is that they are members of the community just like you guys are. They are just the veterans. The ones who have seen it all. But they are there for the community, so you shouldn't be afraid to speak to them.

      2. What Do They Do?

      Despite the difference in titles they all essentially are there to the same things. To help and offer advice to you guys in the community. They just do their job in different ways. Admins tend organise and help run the website & social media sides of communities. Moderators are in streams and tend to offer a voice to talk to and ask for advice, but also tend to be there to ensure everyone plays nice so everyone can have fun. Ambassodors tend to be a driving force, a friendly face to speak to, the people organising the events the meet-ups, the game nights. Ambassadors tend to have vastly different roles and some may cover everything while some may be specifically geared to to handle just one thing.
      But mainly they are there to guide, they are there to help. They are there to enthuse and encourage. If you are ensure of exactly what they do don't be afraid to go ahead and ask them! They won't feel offended and will gladly help you understand their roles within the community.

      3. Does every community have them?

      Yes every community has them. And if you are not sure who they are how to contact them, ask your friends within the community, They can generally point you in the right direction. Look at the information posted in the groups you are part of they. Most generally have a handbook or rulebook listing all the important information, including those that fulfil these roles. The information is always there you just need to dig around for it.

      4. Can anyone be in these roles?

      In theory, yes, anyone could be in these roles. After all the community is for everyone. But should everyone be in these roles, or want to be in these roles? That's the real defining point. A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes in these roles. Ask anyone who has organised a meet-up or event.
      Hard work and effort is what makes up these roles and can be exhausting. Some people who organise events never truly relax until the event has finished. Think of a duck swimming. Its all calm and fun on the surface but underneath their little legs are flailing.
      Yes you could be in this role but you have to really think the job role through. Spend time being in the community first, a year or upwards at least before you start aiming for the top roles. Not only will this allow you to experience the community but you learn how the community works, how it ticks. Jumping right into to a role at the top without leaning the community first could end in disaster and could damage the community rather than helping. Taking the time to learn the community will not only benefit you but the community in the long run.
      And when you've decided you want to make that extra position, speak to the people already fulfilling that role and get advice and learn from them. They would more than willing to teach you because I'm sure they would appreciate the help. But not only that, learning about the role will help you decide whether the role is right for you. There is no point doing a job if you don't feel comfortable in the role and your abilities within in it.

      5. I asked to be in one of these roles and got turned down, what did I do wrong?

      Nothing, absolutely nothing. Sure you pumped yourself and did the brave thing by raising your hand and sticking your neck out, but by being turned out doesn't mean you did things wrong. The roles may have been filled already or they want you to learn more about the community, or if you are a relative newbie to community they would want you to make friends. Have that year or two having the fun being organised for you so you can see if you want to take that extra step. Or they are considering you for the role, just not right now. They may assign you to work alongside another mod/admin/ambassador and learn the role.
      Don't take the rejection as a slight against you, take their advice to heart and use it to better yourself and benefit the community. And when the opportunity comes around again you would be better prepared and ready to take on that role. Spin into a positive, not a negative.

      One thing to remember is not to continue to pester the people in charge for the role. Everyone seen in some of the chats for the big streamers those people continually asking to be made mods? How many of you get annoyed about them clogging up the chat? Yes you are quite welcome to put your hand up for the role or express an interest. But continuing to ask for the role will not endear you to those in charge. Especially when your messages to them are cluttering up their inbox taking the attention away from people who want advice or help, or may convince them to quit the role entirely. And definitely do not approach and pester them at an event. They could have spent ages organising that event and they may just want to relax and enjoy it! Common courtesy goes a long way.
      But absolutely do not turn that rejection into a way to belittle the community and damage it further, by personally attacking the good work the community lead roles do. Causing scenes at events will do nothing to further your own ambitions to have a lead role and if anything will turn the community away from you. You wouldn't like it if someone did that to spoil your fun so why would you do it to others? And why would the community have trust and faith in an admin role to help that out when they need help when they saw that same person ruining the first event they ever went to? Admins are there to uphold the community. Prove to them you can do that by actively helping out in the communities, take steps to organise your own events to take some of the weight off the community leaders. Helping out may help them consider you for the role and you gain valuable experience too.



      I hope that this little post helped you with some of the questions you guys have. If you are still unsure about any of this don't hesitate to ask questions. Go out to the communities you run with and find out who these people are. Learn what they do, learn to appreciate what they do.

      And also give them a little bit of thank you for the hard work they do. A little thank you goes a long way.




      But for now what I shall do is end this post.






























    • Abuse in the Gaming Community

      3 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      Hello beautiful community! First off, if you haven't already, please check out @RoosterSammii's excellent post on " Stress, Anxiety & Depression in the Gaming Community ". Please share it also if you know someone who you think might benefit from having a read. :)


      As you know, this group is paired with leading cyberbullying charity Cybersmile. I'm delighted to announce that they have a brand new whole section of their website dedicated to tackling abuse in the gaming community and helping those affected.


      Abuse in gaming has always been a huge problem. But everyone has the right to a positive experience while gaming! Cybersmile, with help from Intel have created the Gaming Help Centre to support those who have experienced abuse or negativity while online gaming.

      Advice ranges from practical coping mechanisms when gaming to gaming terminology to help you achieve a more positive online gaming experience.



      They also have a great section where they get advice from leading gaming industry professionals(please excuse their typo! :P) including Bioware's Leading Editor. If you scroll down a little you'll even see the blog this group wrote for them!



      Lastly, if you have any great advice or ideas on how to tackle abuse in gaming, why not comment below to help you fellow community members or email Cybersmile at: info@cybersmile.org


      I hope this helps, and remember to share this with anyone you think it might help! <3


      - Ailsa

    • Stress, Anxiety & Depression In The Gaming Community

      3 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      Although a lot of people give advice that for stress and anxiety give advice that you should switch off from all the technology and constraints of the busy modern world, and say that the last thing you should do is pick up a TV remote, a gaming controller or turn on your PC, a lot of people are now turning to games as a way of relieving stress.

      And believe me I am one of those people who do it. Reach for the gaming controller in order to relax and wash the stress away.

      But the weird thing is... it works. Ask any gamer and they would probably give you the same answer. Gaming is a great way of dealing with stress, anxiety and in some ways depression.

      A lot of the older generation tend to shun and look down on the younger generation, accusing them of having a dependency on technology and are no longer engaging with the world, but never look deeper then what they see on the surface. They can see that on the other end of that phone they having a conversation with a friend they made. They cant see that they are using that computer to search for an advice on a subject that no one is providing the answers to. They cant see a young person not only having a fun with a game, but having a laugh and chatting with their friends through their headsets.

      Admittedly, and I think we have all come across them, a few gamers have tarred us all with the same brush and given us in the gaming community a bad rep. I'm talking about the ones who cheat and hack the system, the gamers who have no limits on their swearing, the ones who make really appalling jokes. But they only account for a small percentage of the community as a whole. But they have had a bad effect on the way people see gaming as a good thing to do.

      But overall gaming isn't bad, and in some studies has proven to very beneficial to people. Games are being used for medical research now. And people are starting to see it as very good way for young people to use as a way to battle the anxieties and stresses they feel in day to day life.

      Admittedly some games may not be good for those suffering from anxiety but a lot of people who have anxiety still turn to those games. Why? Mainly because of the control they have within the game. If they feel anxious they can turn it off. But while playing the game they also have control over where their character goes, what they do, what they say, and they don't feel like anyone is forcing them to go anywhere they don't want to go. Which is why most people with anxiety recommend RPG games for that very reason.

      First Person Shooters and Action games are reportedly very good at helping to relieve stress in a healthy way.

      And being to have a laugh with your mates while playing a multiplayer game and having no pressures placed on you is a good way to deal not only with stress but with depression as you have somewhere to turn to when life is pulling you down.

      So if you feel ashamed that gaming is the thing that helps you, you shouldn't bit. Ultimately you still shouldn't be dependant on it and its all about balance in life. So try to do other things to relax such as reading a book, baking, going out for a walk. Balance everything out. But ultimately if you are feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or just want someone to talk to, don't be afraid to pick up you favourite game in order to achieve this.

      - Sammii

      * Check out this article for a little bit more on this. *


    • It has been a while...

      3 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      Hi guys, it Sammii

      Its been a while since I posted in here but lately a lot of stuff has gone on top of me and despite this being really important to me, a lot of things, including this kinda got pushed to the sidelines.

      But with a lot of the volunteer work I have been doing , and since starting my new job, I realised how important a place like this is. How important it is not only to give people a place to go for help, but in order to provide that help and advice to them. And despite never losing my desire to do this, recent events have made me want to bring this in from the sidelines and try and keep on top of it.

      So I will be passing on interesting advice and articles I see on my man forays into this world. Starting with one that I will write about in just a minute. But I also I have a few ideas that I need to think about and kinda plan before I put them forward.

      But anyway I aim to make this a good group to go to for advice.

      Even if sometimes I may struggle to find time to do so, I will try to spare time to keep this group updated.. Because its important to me and should be a thing that is important to everyone.









    • Stop Cyberbullying Day 2015

      4 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

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      smiley12.gif You might not know it, but this group is twinned with leading Cyberbullying charity Cybersmile.

      smiley12.gif Over a year ago now, I was invited to write this article, with contributions from many RT Community members and from our lovely manager Caleb too. We showed the world that we won't stand for Cyberbullying here!

      smiley12.gifTHIS FRIDAY 19TH is Stop Cyberbullying Day 2015. Here's the info from Cybersmile:

      GLOBAL DAY OF UNITY & POSITIVITY

      Stop Cyberbullying Day is an annual day where everybody can get involved and make a difference both on and off-line. We are asking everybody who cares about cyberbullying and online hate campaigns to join our growing movement for action against online bullying and to help us create a much safer more enjoyable environment for our future.

      COLLECTIVE VOICE

      On Friday 19th June 2015 we will be celebrating our 3rd year of Stop Cyberbullying Day by sending out a clear message to the online community and even further afield! Through schools, communities, groups and work environments around the world, we will show that the internet can be a fantastic place when used for positive action. Woo! #POSITIVITY

      GETTING INVOLVED

      You can get involved with SCD 2015 in many ways depending on how much time you would like to give. Ways to help range from helping us to promote the day through social media, right through to organising fundraising events to be an integral part of our efforts. Everything you need is in our Stop Cyberbullying Day Information Pack.

      STOP CYBERBULLYING DAY 2014 – TRENDED WORLDWIDE ON TWITTER!

      A huge thank you to everybody who got involved with SCD 2014 and made it the global success that it was. With millions of people involved around the world, trending #STOPCYBERBULLYINGDAY on Twitter really was a fantastic finish to a dream first year! Please join us on Friday June 19th 2015 to spread positivity online and show the world how great the internet can be when used for positive action!

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      smiley12.gifPlease get involved! Whether it's telling a community member about this group, showing them the article, the Cybersmile website, or getting #STOPCYBERBULLYINGDAY trending so we can help raise awareness and ensure that no one has to suffer alone. smiley12.gif

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